Seattle Archdiocese Requirements to Reopen St. Joseph and St. John 
for the Public Celebration of the Mass
A general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place, as will live streaming of Masses. 

Parishioners should consider their individual risk factors when considering attending Mass in person.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified the following factors that place people at high risk for COVID-19:
  • People 65 years and older

  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

    • People who have serious heart conditions

    • People who are immunocompromised

      • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications

  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)

  • People with diabetes

  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease


 People 65 years and older
    People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

    People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    People who have serious heart conditions
    People who are immunocompromised
        Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    People with diabetes
    People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    People with liver disease
People 65 years and older
    People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    People who have serious heart conditions
    People who are immunocompromised
        Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    People with diabetes
    People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    People with liver disease
People 65 years and older
    People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

    People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    People who have serious heart conditions
    People who are immunocompromised
        Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    People with diabetes
    People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    People with liver disease
In-Person Mass Attendance requires pre-registration
on or before 6 pm the Thursday prior to the weekend's Masses.  
St. Joseph can accommodate up to 46 people; St. John can accommodate up to 30 people.  

Anyone who has not pre-registered will not be allowed to attend Mass at that time. Two registration options: 

(1) Call the office at 360.482.3190. Leave a message with your name, phone number, the Mass day and time you will attend, and the number of people who will be attending Mass; OR

(2) Complete the registration form below.  Your registration information will be emailed to the Parish Office. 

Mass Registration Form

By submitting this registration form, I acknowledge that in the last 14 days my family members included in this request and I have:


a) NOT traveled internationally.


b) NOT been exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 without the correct personal protection equipment (PPE).


c) NOT had a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher.


d) NOT had a new or increased shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.


e) NOT had a new cough.


f) NOT had two of any of the following symptoms: Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, Sore Throat, New Loss of Taste or Smell.

Additional Instructions


1. Physical distancing must be observed from the time you arrive at the church property to the time you leave. Do not gather as a group in or around the church at any time. 


2. Everyone attending Mass must wear a mask. A mask will be provided if you do not have one.


3. Do not bring paper or book-bound Missals with you to Mass as these may become contaminated with the COVID-19 virus.  You may bring a digital device (phone, Kindle) as a Mass and prayer resource.  Please be sure to sanitize those digital devices upon leaving Mass.  A personal Rosary is allowed.    


4. Ushers will be available at each Mass to assist parishioners with seating inside the church.  Every other pew will be available for seating. Please remain in the pew location where the usher has directed you. Seating will be from the front of the church to the back while maintaining a 6-foot distance at all times.


5. The priest must be at least 12 feet from others when not wearing a mask. There will be no altar servers during Mass for this reason.


6. There will be no singing during Mass, no exchanging of the Sign of Peace, and no holy water in the fonts.


7. Holy Communion will be distributed following the closing prayers and after the priest has removed his robe and put on a mask. There is no distribution of the Precious Blood of Christ.


8. Holy Communion will be given only in the hand. It will be distributed from back to front to ensure social distancing during and following Holy Communion. To maintain social distancing, parishioners will be escorted by an usher when they are ready to leave the church.


9. If the priest or a Eucharistic minister touches a communicant's hand, they are required to stop and sanitize their hands before proceeding with the distribution of Holy Communion. The communicant whose hand was touched must also sanitize.


1. Physical distancing must be observed from the time you arrive at the church property to the time you leave. Do not gather as a group in or around the church at any time.
2. Everyone attending Mass must wear a mask upon entering the church.  A mask will be provided if you do not have one.  
3. Ushers will be available at each Mass to assist parishioners with seating inside the church.  Every other pew will be available for seating.  Please remain in the pew location where the usher has directed you.  Seating will be from the front of the church to the back while maintaing a 6-foot distance at all times. 
4. The priest must be at least 12 feet from others when not wearing a mask.  There will be no altar servers during Mass for this reason. 
5. There will be no singing during Mass, no exchanging of the Sign of Peace, and no holy water in the fonts.
6. Holy Communion will be distributed following the closing prayers and after the priest has removed his robe and put on a mask. There is no distribution of the Precious Blood of Christ.
7. Holy Communion will be given only in the hand.  It will be distributed from back to front to ensure social distancing during and following Holy Communion. To maintain social distancing, parishioners will be escorted by an usher when they are ready to leave the church.
8. If the priest or a Eucharistic minister touches a communicant's hand, they are required to stop and sanitize their hands before proceeding with the distribution of Holy Communion. The communicant whose hand was touched must also sanitize.